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The German Book Office New York (GBO) is happy to announce its January Book of the Month: Oliver Pötzsch’s THE BEGGAR KING (January 8th, Mariner Books) translated by Lee Chadeayne. Please see below for more information. High resolution cover image is attached.
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The German Book Office Presents
The January Book of the Month…
The Beggar King
By Oliver Poetzsch
Translated by Lee Chadeayne
The Beggar King is being published today, January 8th, 2013 by Mariner Books
“Brilliant…The author sustains suspense throughout,
and both old and new readers will eagerly await the next volume.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Twists and turns enmesh both the characters and the reader in this
absorbing tale that captures, with an authenticity that is truly rare, the
sounds and sights and smells of seventeenth-century Germany.
A gripping story of love, betrayal, and long-delayed revenge.”
– James Becker, author of The Moses Stone
Filled with fascinating historical detail, The Beggar King brings to vibrant life another tremendous tale of an unlikely hangman and his tough-as-nails daughter, confirming Ploetzsch’s mettle as a storyteller at the height of his powers. The third installment in the internationally best-selling Hangman’s Daughter series, the author returns once again to the thrilling mysteries of seventeenth-century Bavaria and the hangman Jakob Kuisl.
The Beggar King takes readers back to 1662, in the sultriest summer in recent memory, when Jakob Kuisl, the cranky yet sympathetic hangman of a village in the Alps, is summoned north to Regensburg by a letter from his sick sister. A gruesome sight awaits him: his sister and brother-in-law lie in pools of their own blood, their throats slit. When he is discovered alongside the corpses, Kuisl is locked in a dungeon where he will experience first-hand the torture which he has expertly performed for years. Kuisl’s steely daughter, Magdalena, and her young doctor paramour, Simon, rush to Regensburg and try to save Jakob. Navigating the labyrinthine city, they learn there is much more behind the false accusation than a personal vendetta: there is a plan that will endanger the entire German Empire.
About the Author & Translator:
Oliver Poetzsch was born in 1970, in Bavaria, Germany. For years he was a radio personality for Bavarian radio and a screenwriter for Bavarian Public Television. He is a descendant of the Kuisls, the well-known line of Bavarian executioners who inspired his novels. Poetzsch lives with this family in Munich.
Lee Chadeayne , translator, is a former classical musician and college professor. He was one of the charter members of the American Literary Translators Association and is editor in chief of the ALTA Newsletter.
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